Ahoy! Your First MSC Cruise Adventure Awaits

MSC Cruise

Calling all Urban Adventurers add a bucket list cruise experience to your travel goals this year. And… with cruise season is a just a couple of months away its best you start planning your dream trip today!

Dreaming of sailing away into an African sunset or indulging in delicious cuisine in the middle of the Indian or Atlantic ocean? Look no further than an MSC cruise! But before you set sail from Cape Town or Durban for of the exciting ports of call you need to prepare to maximise your fun.

While cruising is the perfect romantic break, it is also ideal for a group of friends and families  – there is plenty to do for different types of travellers.

Essentials tips for a smooth sailing first-time MSC cruise

Booking: When you book your cruise you don’t have to pay the full amount. Paying a deposit will secure your booking and allows you to select a cabin of your choice. If you need more space and want some fresh air – go for a cabin with a balcony, if you’re not planning to spend much time in your cabin, one on the lower decks will suffice. There are also cabins that can accommodate families of up to 4 as well as wheelchair friendly options. Please ensure you don’t have any outstanding balances for your cruise at least 3 months before you set sail.

Baggage: Before you cruise a set of documents will be emailed to you. Included in this are your bag tags with your cabin info attached. Make sure you attach these do your baggage which will then serve as an identifiers when you drop your bags pre boarding the day you cruise. Keep all your essentials like phone chargers, purse and medication with you.

Pack Smart for South African Sunshine and Adventure: Remember, you’ll be in a compact space for a while so pack smart. Versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched are great. Don’t forget essentials like swimwear, sunscreen, and a hat for those glorious days at sea. Pack a couple of dressier outfits for specialty restaurants and night time shows. There are usually theme nights onboard, some of the more popular ones include Tropical, White and Italian. Remember to check the weather forecast for your specific itinerary, as some ports might have cooler evenings.

Pre-book Your Extras: Enhance your MSC cruise experience with pre-bookable extras. Consider a beverage package for hassle-free drinks throughout the voyage. Movie buffs can explore specialty cinema packages (if available on your ship). And for ultimate relaxation, book spa treatments in advance and pamper yourself at sea. Spa treatments at sea are highly recommended as it just adds a extra luxurious touch to your cruise.

Download the MSC for Me App: This handy app (available on the App Store and Google Play) is your on-board best friend. Explore daily ship schedules, book restaurants, discover entertainment options, and secure shore excursions – all at your fingertips!

Explore Your MSC Ship: MSC Cruises boasts a fleet of magnificent vessels, each with its unique personality. Head over to the official MSC Cruises and explore the interactive deck plans for your specific ship. Familiarise yourself with the location of pools, restaurants, theatres, and kid’s clubs (perfect for families!). This way, you can hit the ground running (or should we say, “deck walking?”) as soon as you board.

Embrace the “Cashless” Life: Onboard MSC Cruises, a convenient cruise card acts as your keycard, ID, and method of payment. Simply load funds onto your card using your South African debit or credit card for a secure and hassle-free experience.

Set Sail for Adventure with MSC Cruises

With these handy tips you’re well on your way to an unforgettable first-time MSC cruise experience in South Africa. So pack your bags, grab your sense of adventure, and get ready to set sail for an incredible voyage filled with sunshine, delicious food, and unforgettable memories!

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